Samantha Latus

Sammy started playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 8 through the Hull Music Service were she also played the Piano and French Horn. During her time at the Music service she worked her way up to the senior ensembles for the Youth Wind Band, Brass Band, Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra. She also gained places in both the Yorkshire Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

Siobhan Bates

Siobhan Bates – Principal Tenor Horn


Siobhan, found she could get a decent sound out of a brass instrument when she was just 3 years old and by 5 she was playing the French Horn and Tenor Horn in the Brass and Wind Bands of the South Derbyshire Music Centre, based near her home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. 

At age 10 she auditioned and gained a place at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire on French Horn until she was 15, eventually playing Principal Horn in the orchestras and ensembles there

David Smith

My passion for brass lies deep within the brass band community. Having held the position of Principal Cornet with the Harrogate Band aged 19, I quickly progressed into top level banding aged 21, when I joined the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on front row. From there, I was able to spread my wings, accept a seat within the cornet section of the Black Dyke Band in November 2009 and have never looked back.

Martin Irwin

Martin hails from Barnsley and started playing the cornet at the age of eight, playing in his first concert with Barrow Colliery Band on his 10th birthday. After 6 years he joined Warren Band in his first principal cornet position.  Following this, Martin played principal cornet with both Stocksbridge and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery bands.  In his early playing career, Martin had many successes on the solo contest circuit, most notably being the North of England Solo Champion.

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall BA (Hons) LRSM


Quoted at the Black Dyke Brass Arts Festival, the internationally acclaimed maestro Elgar Howarth described Richard as “the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced.”